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Become a Uchideshi
What’s an Uchideshi?
The word uchideshi translates in English to “live-in student.” An applicant to the Uchideshi program at Shoshinkan Martial Arts is a big step to one's personal growth in Aikido and Budo training, a full commitment to the dojo, dojo Cho and development in self-discipline. Becoming a live-in student implies a self-abnegating lifestyle.
A typical day as Uchideshi starts early, beginning with meditation or physical activity for martial arts conditioning with Sensei Dave or alone as instructed by Sensei. A thorough cleaning of the dojo to prepare the welcoming of students to class, attending every classes as uke to sensei. Dominantly training in the later part of the day, morning and afternoon training may be available as self-learning and assisting with beginners’ classes.
You will live and sleep at the dojo every night, train every day*, clean every day, do physical conditioning every day, meditate every day, assist with the dojo maintenance, repair, improvement, promotion of the dojo, be present at the dojo as instructed by Sensei.
*Uchideshi will have a free period from Saturday night after class until Sunday evening, provided there are no local seminars, sessions, or special dojo training taking place or dojo duties to be performed as instructed by Sensei.
Accommodations are to be considered austere as part of the conditioning of Uchideshi. The program is not to be considered a training or sabbatical camp rather an altruistic approach to martial arts.